From Farm to Fashion

RIC without walls, Textile students are currently working on the annual WoolMark company, ‘Wool4Schools’ competition, open to young designers in the UK, Hong Kong, Italy and Australia. 

The fashion industry is one of the biggest polluters in the world and this competition challenges the students to design an outfit that is made from the eco fibre, wool, for an end user that will be traveling using an eco friendly method of transport.

  

This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to learn about this hero fibre whilst allowing the next generation of designers to find solutions to environmental issues.

As Kent is home to the Romney sheep we invited Rosie Green, designer in Residence from Romeny Tweed, to deliver a live webinar to our students. The students were taken on a journey discovering how the fleece from sheep reared here in Rochester, is then spun and woven into fabric. As well as the students learning the creative process from an industry specialist, the talk also raised awareness of local production and a circular economy.

They now have 2 weeks to come up with their designs before meeting Feng Chen Wang, a London-based designer at the forefront of a new generation of fashion talent to get some last tips before submitting their entries on 28th February.

Exciting News

You know how people are always saying “I’m going to write a book” or indeed “I’m writing a book”, but then it never gets finished or you realise it’s rubbish or you realise you’ve got literally no good ideas?

Well, one of our Year 11s has done it and it’s on Amazon! … Let’s all support him by buying a copy, an ideal stocking filler for Christmas.

Well done to Martin! – You Can Find It Here

Celebrating the European Language Day

On Friday 25th of September we decorated the school with posters as always, the Graphics department provided us with one made by students. There were also some prints of poems, tongue twisters and  riddles In different languages on the walls, to encourage the students  to pronounce different sounds.

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Education & Beyond

There is a new RIC careers website available here designed to signpost all of the options available through you education and beyond. Individual pages of the site look at, not just, degrees but also apprenticeships, interview skills, placements and work experience to name a few. there is an associated @twitter account (@RICCareers) and also an @Feedly blog RIC Careers Interesting Articles. Have a look, let us know what you think!

End of the Year Wishes

As their academic year comes to an end earlier than planned, we say Good Luck & Goodbye to our year 13 and year 11 students today. Some of who will be returning to study with us come September, others who we wish all the best for their futures!

At our Year 11 Goodbye Huddle this morning RIC had its biggest Google Meet since lockdown began with nearly 100 students and members of staff joining to say farewell to this amazing year group, lots of whom have been with us since Year 7.

The end of the year wouldn’t have been right with our annual awards ceremony. There were 30 awards in total – an outstanding achievement award for each subject plus some special commendations. Jamie was our biggest winner with no less than five awards, including the honour of the ‘ Mr “I know the Casio Calculator Manual by Heart”’ award!

With messages of goodbye of good luck from the Heads of School, Form Tutors and teachers and even some speeches from the students, there was lots of laughing, singing and even a few tears. To quote Leighton, our Co-Head of Lower School, this has undeniably been ‘our best ever Year 11 yet.’

Each year 11 student was sent an E-Card for them all signed & featuring messages from the RIC staff.

Good Luck & Best of wishes from all of us at RIC!

RICWW – What’s Been Going On?

Since lockdown, the way of schooling may have changed by entering the virtual world of RIC Without Walls, however our students’ efforts have definitely not. We asked our departments to feedback any new ways of learning, activities as well as any fun things that have been going on in their virtual classrooms.

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Stitching Together

Over the Easter holidays one of our brilliantly creative students, Ellis, has been volunteering alongside her Grandad to make scrubs for the NHS Nurses & Doctors. A big well done and THANK YOU from everyone at RIC!

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